Not a lot in life is offered for free, but that doesn't mean it can't be something to strive for — and Adult Services Librarian Annie Bahringer works hard to make sure the community gets their fill.
"When people say, 'The library used to be kind of dull but now there is so much going on!,' (I say), 'Good!,'" she said in an e-mail. "I want there to be a lot going on, and I want you to come and enjoy the free programs the library is putting on, take advantage of the fact that all of our programs are free and let me know what else you'd like to see at the library."
Bahringer, a resident of Waubeka who grew up in Grafton, said her job at W.J. Niederkorn Library in Port has allowed her to develop a lot of connections to this city.
"I love the fact that I work in a library, purchase books for the library, develop and run tons of programs for adults of the community, and get to know the community through the library, programs and extra outside events we do,"
The programs at W.J. Niederkorn are available to all community members, and include a number of activities such as: a recipe club, crafting sessions, book clubs, movie nights and more. (Learn more about event's on the library's website.)
"These are social groups, community groups and are great ways to connect with your neighbors and other community members," Bahringer said. "Connecting with others in the community brings a better sense of community, which, I believe, brings forth a better community."
And though Bahringer spends a lot of time at the library, that doesn't mean she hasn't developed a love for the city. Her favorite thing about Port Washington?
"The lake," she said. "I have always, and will forever, love the lake."